Originally Posted by mgkdragn
It's always been that way .. I'm sure much
of it simply can't be avoided due to transport schedules ..
One of the other aspects is who comes in first at each leg and wins the prize for that leg ..
Not much, but "some." As I mentioned before, the producers put in many "Bunching Points" throughout a season. Google "bunching points," it comes up a lot re: TAR. These points do what Scowl says, they completely erase leads and let teams catch up.
It's not due to transport schedules (most of the time) considering how much control TAR producers have over how the show goes [if there is a barrier, they can always change the leg, change the pit stop, whatever]
I don't support it, but they do these bunching points to make the show less predictable. Without the train bunching point, everyone and their grandma knows Kent and Vyxsin were toast. Now with the bunching point there is added drama.
I don't like it one bit, but I can understand why the producers do it: it's not for the teams sake, it's for the audience
. On the AI forum we talk about how predictable the results would be if fans voted contestants off with negative voting (vote for you want gone), and then that predictability will result in a decline in ratings in the results show because everyone knows who will go home. With the audience watching TAR with bunching points, they have no idea who is going home, so they reason that people watch because of the suspense.It's also for camera crews because filming is a nightmare if a team is day behind such that one crew is one continent, and the other is on the previous continent.http://www.sff.net/people/adam-troy/...zingrace_2.htm
MOMENTS WE SEE AGAIN AND AGAIN
1) Bunching Points
First cited by the fan site Television Without Pity, these are the inevitable bottlenecks that slow racers down for hours at a time, and allow teams that have fallen hours and hours behind to catch up. Whenever a team with a four-hour advantage shows up at the airport at 3 AM, only to discover that the first flight out is at noon, they’re likely doomed to watch in dismay as every remaining team shows up in time to level the playing field in the morning. Other bunching points are bus stations, public buildings, and attractions only open during specified hours. Bunching points are either annoyances or godsends, depending on what teams you’re rooting for. Colin of Team Extreme still complains that his team would have arrived days ahead of everybody else, had the Bunching Points in Race Five not continually rescued the teams in the rear of the pack. He’s right about that. But it’s way preferable to a race where the ultimate winner is a foregone conclusion by Episode Two.